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First line challenge

First proper line of the novel I just started reading, The family trade by Charles Stross:

The sky was the color of a dead laptop display, silver-gray and full of rain.

Which is called wearing your influences on your sleeve, and also clues the reader in that you're going to operate in a meta-ironic mode. Or something like that. Which made me think...

The opening line of a Giles story:

The skylight above the library was the color of a palimpsest, scoured to dead illegibility.

Write this story. You may feel free to improve the cadence of this sentence, but please retain its core reference.
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